Matthewson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Matthewson is a patronymic name derived from the well known first name Matthew. This name is ultimately derived from the Hebrew personal name "Mattathaigh," meaning "gift of Jehovah;" it was Latinized as Matthaeus and Mathaeus. It was introduced to England by the Normans, and quickly became quite a popular name.

Early Origins of the Matthewson family

The surname Matthewson was first found in the Domesday Book in 1086, listed as Mathiu and Matheus. They family came to England following the invasion of William the Conquerer in 1066.

Early History of the Matthewson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Matthewson research. Another 74 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1260, 1273, 1273, 1395, 1546, 1628, 1577, 1655, 1790, 1856, 1863, 1941, 1824, 1889, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Matthewson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Matthewson Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Matthew, Matthews, Matthewson, Matheson, Mathew, Mathews and many more.

Early Notables of the Matthewson family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Tobias Matthew (1546-1628), Archbishop of York, statesman and writer; Sir Tobie Matthew (1577-1655), English MP, courtier, diplomat and writer; Father Theobald Mathew (1790-1856), who campaigned in Ireland...
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Ireland Migration of the Matthewson family to Ireland

Some of the Matthewson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Matthewson migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Matthewson or a variant listed above were:

Matthewson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Donald Matthewson, who arrived in New York in 1842 [1]
  • E C Matthewson, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1849 [1]
  • R Matthewson, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1849 [1]

Canada Matthewson migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Matthewson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Alexander Matthewson, aged 3 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Eliza" departing 17th July 1847 from Glasgow, Scotland; the ship arrived on 17th September 1847 but he died on board [2]

New Zealand Matthewson migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Matthewson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Matthewson, aged 18, a fisherman, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Matthewson (post 1700) +

  • Dale Wesley Matthewson (1923-1984), American Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher who played in the 19423 season for the Philadelphia Phillies
  • Reuben C. Matthewson, American politician, Postmaster at Boonville, Indiana, 1841-45 [3]
  • Joseph Oscar Matthewson (1871-1926), American politician, Mayor of Ashland, Kentucky, 1906-10 [3]
  • George Matthewson, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Hampshire, 1860 [3]
  • Darius Matthewson, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Pomfret, 1820-21, 1824, 1826, 1828 [3]
  • Bucklin Matthewson, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Lisbon, 1832-33 [3]
  • Reg Matthewson (b. 1939), former English professional footballer
  • Trevor Matthewson (b. 1963), English former professional footballer
  • Robert "Bob" Matthewson (1930-2000), English footballer and FIFA referee
  • Gillian Matthewson, New Zealand architect
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 85)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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